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Jerry Jones Says He Won't Be Cutting Rolando McClain

Rolando McClain is suspended for the first 10 games of the NFL season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The Dallas Cowboys' linebacker was suspended for four games in 2015 for a similar violation. 

Due to his troubled status, many are calling for Jerry Jones to cut the former Alabama linebacker. 

It doesn't look like that'll be happening, though. 

Dallas' owner says he is "disappointed" in McClain, but it doesn't make sense to cut him. 

From the Star-Telegram:

"Disappointed is the word," Jones told the Star-Telegram. "It is a recognition that these dependency issues are a difficult thing to address. We are proud of everything that we've gotten from Rolando. His aptitude as a football player is almost unsurpassed as one of the best that I've seen. We all say it's such a waste, but with us, knowing him, we've got the best that he's done in pro football."

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"The main thing is strategically, [financially], it's not good for us," Jones said, "and he doesn't take up an active spot on the roster [during the season]."

McClain can return on Nov. 24 against the Washington Redskins, though that might be unlikely since it's a Thursday game. McClain won't have practiced at all and plugging him on the field after just two to three days of work is probably not for the best. A Week 13 return against Minnesota is the most-likely scenario for the middle linebacker. 

The Cowboys open their 2016 season Sept. 11 against the Giants.